Buying an ice bucket

Here in Hawaii, where it tends to be warm, we love to drink lots of iced water.  Years ago, we owned a refrigerator that shot ice cubes through a dispenser in the door.  Alas, the cubes would get stuck in the chute, and, worse, the dispenser outside would get black with mold.  Ugh!

We traded that fridge for one with an automatic ice maker inside the freezer.  We also added two plastic trays to make more ice manually.

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This was okay for a while until we noticed that we were opening the freezer so often, it was losing a lot of cold air.

So, the other day, David went to Target and bought this insulated ice bucket for about $20.00.  Isn’t it cute?

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We now empty the ice bin and ice trays from the freezer into this ice bucket, and can help ourselves to the ice in the bucket as often as we want.  It’s amazing how much easier and cost-effective it is to scoop ice cubes from the bucket into our glass.

Now that we don’t open the freezer door as often, the freezer keeps the food cold and frozen.

You might want to consider buying an ice bucket for the hot summer months in your area.

15 Responses to “Buying an ice bucket”

  1. Kay G. Says:

    What a great idea! Now, if only I had a maid to get those ice cubes for me… I am dreaming!! (We say “personal assistant” now, don’t we?)

  2. NRIGirl Says:

    Cool! 🙂

  3. denise Says:

    That is a great idea!

  4. christine Says:

    This sounds like a great idea. I like lots of ice in my drinks.

  5. Jeanie Says:

    We have an ice dispenser in the refrigerator door and it works fine for now. It is so dry here that we don’t have a mold problem.
    Your new ice bucket is very cute and a good solution for you.

  6. Joanne Says:

    This is a great solution for the mobs who use ice in this house.

  7. DJan Says:

    We don’t have hot summers here, so I don’t need ice dispensers. I even ask for water without ice in restaurants. That looks like a great solution for you, though! 🙂

  8. granny annie Says:

    How long does it last before you only have water in the bucket?

    • gigihawaii Says:

      This ice bucket is insulated, so it takes about 5-6 hours for the ice cubes to melt completely. But, it depends on the number of people helping themselves to the ice and how often the bucket cover is lifted up.

  9. Olga Says:

    Clever solution. I like ice in my beverages even if it isn’t hot. And I have to have hot coffee in the morning, even if it sweltering.

  10. suzanne Says:

    That is absolutely adorable.

  11. L...w Says:

    We don’t use the ice water dispenser on our door anymore too (for the same reason) but our ice maker makes too many ice cubes for our consumption as is. On days we don’t take a water jug to work, we’re overrun with ice cubes.

  12. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I know these ice makers can cause distress at times. My daughter and oldest son have them but David and I are old fashioned and I break ice from trays into our glasses. Lovely weather here and David and I passed our physical exams with flying colors today. Dianne

  13. mageb Says:

    Up here on top of things, we rarely get hot enough for ice cold drinks. That’s a really good idea tho.

  14. Linda Reeder Says:

    That is a great energy saving idea for warmer climates.

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